Celtics Trade Deadline Reaction
Well that was boring. After months of speculations about big names such as Jimmy Butler, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony being dealt by the February 23rddeadline at 3PM, really nothing much happened at all. This is typically the case every year at the NBA trade deadline, but something felt different about this year's that had everyone thinking there was going to be a major shakeup in the league. But in the end, this is exactly what trade season in the NBA consists of: a ton of rumors about big names, some true some not, but not much movement at all. The middle of the Eastern Conference made some solid news, most notably the Toronto Raptors, but nothing that had anybody writing home about. From the Celtics' perspective, you're going to see us all week on the list of "Losers at the trade deadline", but don’t buy that bullshit.
The reason why we didn't make a trade is simple: the other teams didn't realistically want to move their players. When a team wants to trade a player, they make and accept realistic offers and that just wasn't the case at this trade deadline. According to #sources out there in the streets, apparently Larry Bird asked for our 2017 Nets First Rd. Pick, and ¾ of the combo of Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown. Now don't get me wrong, PG is an excellent two way player in his prime, but this nigga ain't LeBron. We're not going to give you what could potentially be the #1 pick in a loaded draft AND 3 very solid players for the 4th best Small Forward in the league. Especially since he's going to be a Free Agent at the end of the 2017-2018 season anyways. Danny isn't going to make a deal just to say he made a deal, despite the pressure from a Boston fan base that is used to competing for championships annually. In Bird's defense, it does make sense to wait a little longer to see this whole PG thing out since he's not a FA this summer, but once he gets any indication that PG won't resign he needs to make a move.
I don't know what the Bulls were asking for in return for Butler, but that front office is just stupid. First, you have the most random offseason of all time by signing Rondo and D-Wade to your team. For the record, I think the only dumber offseason move was the Knicks signing Rose and Noah, but who really trusts the Knicks to make smart moves anyways? Then, after the team is on the lower half of the playoff spectrum destined to be bumped in the first round, they have a media/Instagram feud between Butler, Rondo, and the rest of the team. Any reasonable GM would chalk up their losses and start the rebuilding process, because it's clear that this franchise has no direction. There's no doubt the C's and Bulls had discussions on Butler, but again, Danny isn't going to make a bad deal.
If it wasn't going to be PG or Butler, Ainge was just going to stand pat. We're in a great position financially with an open max slot to offer a marquee free agent this summer, we have a pick that in an absolute worst case scenario will be the #4 pick in a stacked draft, and we're already the #2 seed in the East despite our starting lineup only playing together in like 16 games so far this season. There's absolutely no reason for Danny to make a move just to get marginally better in the short term when no matter what move we make we're not going to be able to beat the Warriors. It's that simple. Not only that, but we can always revisit these trade talks in the summer once the draft order is determined. Then we'll have a clearer picture of the actual value of the pick, which will make it much easier to move. But shit, if it were up to me we would just keep it no matter what. Have y'all seen Markelle Fultz or Lonzo Ball play? Those kids are studs. Even Josh Jackson has me thinking it wouldn't be so bad if that pick fell to number 3. I'd much rather have 1 of those 3 for 10+ years after the LeBron era than trade our entire future for someone not named LeBron, KD, or Anthony Davis.
So Celtics fans, I know you're angry right now, but be patient. Danny knows what the fuck he's doing. Things will get interesting closer to the summer. The C's did nothing at the trade deadline, and that's perfectly fine. Our day will come.